Smartwatches are a relatively new technology in the market, targeting the enthusiasts. Only 348 wearable devices exist in the market, 161 out of them wristband type devices according to a Vandrico, a Vancouver-based wearable tech research and development. Amidst this, the launch of Samsung Gear S2 at IFA, in Berlin has received a lot of attention from experts and enthusiasts alike, receiving positive reviews from a majority of the critics which will hopefully resonate among the users as well. Samsung has made significant development in smartwatches, starting with the original Gear S, but the battery technology steals the spotlight, with the Korean manufacturer implementing their own SDI free-form battery technology. This allowed Samsung to pack a larger battery in the Gear S2, which is instrumental to the commercial success of the device, also making it a significant competitor to the Apple Watch
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Samsung stayed true to one of its slogans ‘relentless innovation’, managing to create a round smartwatch, sporting a rotating bezel and a battery life lasting up to 3 days, the new battery technology being the most crucial part. It was rumored that the Gear S2 would carry a 200 mAh battery, which would be the case if they used a conventional rectangular battery. Instead, Samsung chose to implement their free-form technology, effectively allowing a 250 mAh inside the Gear S2 by utilizing space much more efficiently than a regular battery. Samsung SDI started development on the new battery technology in December last year, starting mass production this August, having finished development in April. They wouldn’t have been able to use a 250 mAh battery inside Gear S2 if not for the free-form battery, thus giving it a significant advantage in the market even though the capacity is lower than the Gear S, which stands at 300 mAh. The length of the Gear S2 is 1.2 inches, 0.8 inches shorter than its predecessor.
Wearable devices are rapidly permeating the mainstream consumer market, with the wrist-worn device market projected to grow an average of 40 percent per year, mostly being used for fitness, and everyday convenience. The design is slowly advancing to a more circular and embedded one, aiming to be a part of daily life usage.